Important facts about the online courses in the Master of Physiotherapy program
The following is some information that might help you in your considerations of applying for a place on the MPHTY program.
- Expected time commitment to the MPhty program courses: To give you some idea of your time commitment to the MPhty program, a full semester load at UQ is 4 courses, which means 1.25 days of total work per course is the general expectation. Total work includes contact (e.g., webcast, discussion board, live online communication, etc) plus non-contact (e.g., reading, writing assignments, study, etc) work. This means that for two (2) courses there is an expectation that 2.5 days of work will be undertaken. It is on this basis that we have structured the content for the MPhty program. Please keep this in mind in structuring your clinical work (and other life related matters) during semester.
- Studying online: The online courses are conducted over the web and as such will require you to have good reliable internet connectivity as well as a computer.
- General overview of how the course will run: Learning will occur through the viewing of a number of short webcasts, reading material, individual learning tasks and group learning tasks. These will occur on a weekly basis. The learning tasks will attract feedback, some of which will be graded and contribute to the final course grade. It is thus critical that your online connectivity is regular, robust and reliable.
- Orientation: An orientation module of 2 weeks duration must be undertaken as it provides critical information about the tools that will be used throughout the online courses. The module will be available 2 weeks before the official UQ start of semester and must be completed before the start of semester. The reason why it is very important to undertake this orientation is that it will cover use of the library, searching strategies for online materials and the use of reference software (i.e., Endnote). It will do this in a way that is consistent with the way in which all of the course material will be covered (see general overview at dot point 3 above).
- Clinical caseload: The individual learning tasks will require you to undertake work with patients and to report this to the course co-ordinator. For example, interviews, reasoning processes, treatment planning, as well as treatment delivery (including educating patient on their condition etc). This requires you to have access to a caseload relevant to musculoskeletal and/or sports physiotherapy. To ensure the expected professional standards of practice in regard to reporting patient information, you will need to have in place adequate informed consent processes, that is, in addition to the privacy legislation requirements. You are expected to meet the appropriate professional registration and insurance requirements for clinical practice in your jurisdiction.